Kennisis Lake

Airborne view of kennisis lake with rich dark blue waters and trees in fall colours. An island is seen in the distance with rock outcroppings.

Kennisis Lake

Find Out Why Kennisis Lake Is One Of The Most Desired Lakes For Haliburton Real Estate

“Nice to meet you! What lake are you on?” This is a more common phrase for those of us who have grown up visiting or living in Haliburton Highlands when meeting new people in the area. With over 600 lakes in our county alone, local navigation is easier with landmarks and lakes instead of intersections and neighbourhoods. 

Simply by saying “I’m on Kennisis Lake”,  or “I’m on Eagle Lake”, locals instantly know where, in Haliburton’s 4,025 km² (1M Acres), that you are located. 

And some of our lakes stand out as having very vibrant lake communities. Kennisis Lake is one the best examples of this, with one of the most active Lake Associations in the county.

Summertime photo of Kennisis Lake from the air.

Kennisis Lake Cottage Owners’ Association

The childhood summer memories that are made from lake events put on by the Kennisis Lake Cottage Owners’ Association, along with the lifelong friendships that bond adults from different parts of the GTA together, is an experience that is hard to put into words. 

It is the reason people will choose to purchase real estate on one lake vs another. 

Living on Kennisis Lake isn't just about having a place to live or a cottage to escape to; it's about becoming part of a thriving and welcoming community. And with stunning views and iconic Canadian wildlife, it's also about immersing yourself in the natural beauty that Haliburton County has to offer.

One of the most impressive aspects of Kennisis Lake is its dedication to the environment. The Kennisis Lake Cottage Owners’ Association (KLCOA) takes an active role in maintaining and preserving the lake's natural beauty. Efforts include regular water testing to ensure the lake's health, tree planting initiatives, and promoting eco-friendly practices among cottage owners. KLCOA is not only committed to its members but also to preserving this slice of paradise for future generations.

The lake community is also family-friendly, making it a perfect place for families to create lasting memories. Kids can participate in numerous activities throughout the year, from joining the annual Rock Bass Fishing Derby to making sandcastles at the Regatta. For those who love water sports, Kennisis Lake offers a wealth of opportunities with its sailing regatta. It's not unusual to see colourful sailboats dotting the lake on a warm summer day.

A sense of camaraderie and shared respect for the lake and its surroundings binds the community together. Whether it’s helping a neighbour repair a dock after a storm, joining in community-led conservation projects, or celebrating together at the annual Art on The Dock event, these shared experiences foster a strong sense of community that is unparalleled.

The real estate offerings on Kennisis Lake are as diverse as the community itself, ranging from quaint cottages to impressive waterfront properties. When you purchase property on Kennisis Lake, you’re not just buying a home or a vacation getaway, you're acquiring a way of life—a sense of belonging in a community that values the environment, celebrates its unique traditions, and fosters long-lasting friendships.

Kennisis Lake is more than just a geographic location in Haliburton County—it's a thriving, vibrant community with a shared love for the lake, its environment, and its people. It's a place where people come to live, relax, and create memories that last a lifetime. It's no wonder that, when asked which lake they call home, many Haliburton residents proudly respond, "I'm on Kennisis Lake."

Kennisis Lake Geography

While size isn't everything, Kennisis Lake definitely doesn't fall short in this regard. Stretching out over 23km and covering an impressive 1,640 hectares (1,400 acres), it proudly holds the title as the second largest lake in Haliburton County, falling behind only Haliburton Lake itself. Kennisis Lake's crystal-clear waters teem with life, making it a haven for fishing enthusiasts.

Species that can be found in Kennisis include Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, and Largemouth Bass. With the guidance of the Kennisis Lake Cottage Owners Association, residents ensure the lake's biodiversity is maintained, allowing future generations to also enjoy the thrill of a successful catch.

The location of Kennisis Lake is another one of its many charms. Nestled in the western part of Haliburton County, it's part of the sprawling Kennisis River System. For those residing in the hustle and bustle of Toronto, Kennisis Lake is but a three-hour drive away, transforming into the perfect weekend escape from city life.

For those with a love for untouched wilderness, the proximity of Algonquin Provincial Park to the north is an enticing feature. With the park just a short distance away, opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and exploring diverse ecosystems are practically at your doorstep.

Navigating from Kennisis Lake to nearby towns and cities is straightforward. It's a quick 30km drive to Haliburton Village, 45kms to the Village of Minden, and 75kms to Norland. Larger cities like Barrie, Toronto, and Ottawa are also within a feasible driving distance at 170kms, 240kms, and 315kms respectively. This central location allows easy access to both the peace of rural life and the excitement of urban environments.

The Kennisis Lake Cottage Owners Association has made navigation on the lake itself easy by providing detailed Kennisis Lake Maps, complete with boating and navigational hazards, along with marked buoy locations. These maps, which can be accessed on their website, are just another testament to the Association's dedication to making life on Kennisis Lake not only fulfilling but also safe.

All these features and more are what make Kennisis Lake such an enchanting place to call home. Whether you’re drawn to its majestic size, vibrant fishing opportunities, or convenient location, Kennisis Lake has something for everyone.

Fall photo of Kennisis Lake showing rocky outcroppings along the shoreline.

Kennisis Lake Marina

A jewel in the crown of Kennisis Lake is the Kennisis Lake Marina. A gateway to the lake's vast expanse, the marina is a bustling hub of activity, facilitating both the day-to-day and recreational needs of lake dwellers. It provides a variety of services, from boat rentals to equipment servicing, ensuring that whether you're a seasoned sailor or a novice explorer, you have what you need to venture out onto the water safely.

Beyond its functional offerings, the Kennisis Lake Marina is also a vibrant social spot. It's a place where locals gather to share stories, catch up on community news, or simply enjoy the serenity of the lake. On sunny days, you'll find families prepping for a day on the water, seasoned anglers trading fish tales, and kayakers setting off to explore quiet coves. As evening falls, the marina becomes the perfect spot to watch the stunning sunsets Kennisis Lake is known for. With a community as tightly-knit as Kennisis, the marina isn't just a service point—it's a place where the heartbeat of this vibrant lake community can be truly felt.

See for yourself with our Live Webcam feed located at the Kennisis Lake Marina. 

Arial photo of one of Kennisis Lake's many well treed islands.

Kennisis Lake History

Although there isn't a lot of specific historical information readily available on Kennisis Lake, its history can be inferred from the wider historical context of the Haliburton County region. The region has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. First Nation communities, such as the Anishinaabe and Huron-Wendat peoples, initially inhabited the land, relying on its plentiful resources for survival. European settlement began in the mid-19th century, primarily driven by the timber and mining industries. Over time, as road and railway networks improved, the region developed into a popular destination for vacationers, with tourism becoming a significant part of the local economy. Kennisis Lake, with its abundant natural beauty, has undoubtedly shared in this historical journey. 

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Kennisis Lake and Haliburton County, resources such as the Haliburton Highlands Museum and the book "The Haliburton Scrapbook" by Leopolda Dobrzensky and H. S. Cummings would be excellent starting points. And on the Kennisis Lake Cottagers Association website, you can find a link to “The Forgotten History of Lake Kennisis” by Gordon MacKinnon.

Birds eye view of the dark waters and sandy shores of Kennisis Lake as well as rocky islands and outcroppings.

Kennisis Lake Real Estate Trends

While Kennisis Lake offers priceless views and an invaluable community, purchasing property here does come with a cost that reflects its desired lifestyle. As of the last quarter of 2023, real estate prices on Kennisis Lake can range widely based on various factors such as the property's size, its location on the lake, the age and condition of the cottage, and the features it offers.

Small, older cottages can start around the $500,000 mark. These are quaint properties that offer a simpler way of life and are in need of upgrades and property improvements, but still provide access to all the benefits of lake living. 

Mid-range properties, often featuring larger lots, updated amenities, and more substantial dwellings, can range from $1 million to $2 million.

Kennisis Lake is known for a range of premier properties that can reach upwards of $2 million to $3 million and beyond. These waterfront homes typically offer premium features like expansive lake frontage, custom designs and upgraded dock systems. 

It's also important to keep in mind the additional costs associated with lakefront property ownership, such as higher property taxes, and maintenance costs for both the property and any watercraft.

However, for many, the cost of real estate on Kennisis Lake is an investment not only in a property but also in a lifestyle. The serene surroundings, welcoming community, and outdoor recreational opportunities make Kennisis Lake a highly desired location and a place where priceless memories are created.

If you have questions about Kennisis Lake, Haliburton Real Estate, market demand, the economy, and seasonal variations, reach out to us! Our real estate team is happy to help anytime, and our combined local knowledge covers every inch of Haliburton Highlands. 

Listings on Kennisis Lake

Home with 2-teir decks, surrounded by trees with a granite rock face behind it.
$4,995,000

Sunset Cove: 1622 West Shore Road on Kennisis Lake, Haliburton

Welcome to Sunset Cove on Kennisis Lake, where this charming cottage embodies the essence of upscale lakeside living.
a stone pathway between 2 gardens leading to a cottage with a covered stone entrance and log front.
$3,195,000

The Boomstick: 2718 Wilkinson Road on Kennisis Lake, Haliburton

Welcome to The Boomstick on Kennisis Lake, where history meets natural beauty, and recreational opportunities abound. The Boomstick is not just a property; it's a retreat, a haven, and an unparalleled experience.
Two cottages surrounded my green trees and with a sandy shore line. Two docks out into the lake.
$5,559,000

Wilkinson Road Package on Kennisis Lake, Haliburton

Welcome to an unparalleled opportunity to own a piece of Ontario's heritage while enjoying all the modern amenities you desire. This extraordinary package combines three exceptional properties that seamlessly blend history, craftsmanship, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities. First stop, "The Boomstick," a historic gem, originally a hunt camp, offers heritage and modern amenities. With 546 feet of sandy waterfrontage, enjoy tranquil lake beauty and breathtaking sunsets. The main residence features five bedrooms, two bathrooms, bamboo floors, and a double-sided stone fireplace. All-season comfort is ensured with a Generac backup system and a new furnace. Spanning 1.98 acres, "The Boomstick" is a nature lover's paradise with winding trails, local artwork, a private boat launch, and recreational amenities. Explore a 16' x 32' insulated toy shed/workshop, a 320 sq ft bunkie, and a large garage transformed into an indoor pickleball court. Next stop, the expansive 70-acre vacant lot is a secluded paradise at the end of a township road. A striking waterfall at the lot line enhances its natural beauty. A bridge and driveway simplify access for your dream development. Enjoy maximum privacy at the end of the township road, making this lot an ideal canvas for your dream retreat. Last stop, Bluebeary Hill nestled on 0.81 acres with a stunning 268' of frontage along the picturesque Kennisis Lake. Step into the oldest 2.5-story log home in Ontario, meticulously disassembled and reassembled by a log home expert. This home boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an open concept main floor, a 3-story loft for endless creativity, a new furnace, and a Generac backup system. Gather around the lakeside firepit area for unforgettable evenings. Don't miss the chance to own these three exceptional properties that offer an unparalleled lakeside lifestyle package. Embrace tranquility, history, and adventure on Kennisis Lake with "Bluebearyhill," the 70-acre vacant lot, and "The Boomstick."
Lakefront property with a dock into the lake. Lakeside house with garage and boat launch.
$3,195,000

2718 Wilkinson Road on Kennisis Lake, Haliburton

Welcome to The Boomstick, an exceptional property located on the pristine shores of Kennisis Lake. This historic gem, originally a hunt camp built by the owners of the Haliburton Forest at the time, offers a distinctive blend of heritage and modern amenities. With an impressive 546 feet of sandy waterfrontage, this property invites you to savor the tranquil beauty of the lake. The southwesterly exposure ensures breathtaking sunsets that grace your daily horizon. The main residence comprises five bedrooms and two bathrooms, with bamboo floors and marquetry on the kitchen cabinets. A standout feature is the large double-sided stone fireplace that graces the interior, providing warmth and character to the living space while leading to the second-story bedrooms. The property is equipped for all seasons, with a Generac backup system and a new furnace ensuring comfort and peace of mind. Spanning 1.98 acres plus an additional 69.5 acres across the road, The Boomstick is a nature lover's paradise, featuring winding trails and local artwork that adorn the landscape. Convenience and recreation are seamlessly integrated with a private boat launch, allowing you to explore the pristine waters at your leisure. The property also boasts a 16' x 32' insulated toy shed/workshop, a 320 sq ft bunkie with a compostable toilet, and a large garage that was recently transformed into an indoor pickleball court with second-floor storage, offering endless opportunities for entertainment and hobbies. The Boomstick offers a unique blend of history, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities, making it an unparalleled retreat for those who seek a truly exceptional lakeside lifestyle.
Log home surrounded by mature trees and stone stairs leading to the waters edge
$2,195,000

2682 Wilkinson Road on Kennisis Lake, Haliburton

Welcome to Bluebearyhill, where history, craftsmanship, and modern comfort blend seamlessly in this remarkable Ontario property. Nestled on 0.81 acres with a stunning 268' of frontage along the picturesque Kennisis Lake, this one-of-a-kind home is a true gem. The history in this property is remarkable. Step into a world of rustic elegance as you enter the oldest 2 and a half story log home in Ontario, meticulously disassembled and reassembled by a log home expert. The stones used in the stonework and fireplace have a rich history, originating from an old church in Montreal, adding character and warmth to the living spaces. With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this home offers plenty of room for both family and guests. The open concept main floor seamlessly connects the large kitchen, perfect for entertaining, to the spacious sunroom and covered front porch, where you can relax and take in breathtaking views of the lake. For the little ones or young at heart, a 3-story loft space provides an ideal play area, ensuring hours of fun and creativity. Stay cozy year-round with a new furnace and the added security of a Generac backup system. In the evenings, gather around the firepit area overlooking the lake, sharing stories, and making memories with loved ones. Bluebearyhill is not just a home; it's an experience. Discover a piece of history, embrace the tranquility of Kennisis Lake, and make this unique property your very own. Don't miss the chance to own a piece of Ontario's heritage with all the modern amenities you desire. 
Stone and wood cottage with decks and dormers, forest and blue sky behind and trees and stone landscaping in the front
$4,995,000

Sunset Cove at 1622 West Shore Road on Kennisis Lake, Haliburton

Welcome to Sunset Cove, where this charming cottage embodies the essence of upscale lakeside living. Nestled in a picturesque west-facing setting, it's perfectly positioned to capture breathtaking sunsets over its expansive 970 feet of waterfront along the main lake, with additional frontage along the channel to the Soap Pond. Encompassing over 16 acres, this property stands as one of the largest on this exclusive waterbody, boasting a forested landscape that ensures unparalleled privacy and an extensive network of scenic walking trails. As you explore the property, you'll discover a distinctive trail leading to a tranquil bench perched above the cottage, offering a perfect vantage point to savor the lake views. The cottage itself is a sprawling masterpiece, boasting 4,500 square feet of architectural excellence, featuring 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Exceptional high-end finishes, including locally designed and handcrafted handrails. Additional highlights of this home include a stargazing deck off the primary bedroom, a sunroom for relaxation, and a screened porch complete with a fireplace. The cottage's warm and inviting ambiance is further enhanced by four propane and wood-burning fireplaces. Modern comforts abound, with amenities such as a backup generator, in-floor radiant heating, and a sound system throughout the home. A sauna offers the perfect retreat for relaxation, while an insulated and heated three-car garage adds to the practical luxury of this estate. Situated at the lake's end, this property provides a serene escape from the bustling boat traffic, allowing for peaceful canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding adventures on the tranquil Soap Pond. Kennisis Lake, one of Haliburton's largest and finest lakes, offers the vibrant Kennisis Lake Marina community conveniently nearby, providing summer entertainment, a snack bar, gas station, and pickleball courts. This property is truly turnkey, providing the ultimate Haliburton living experience.